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Bloomberg: Corruption Not Widespread in DOB

Monday, June 09, 2008

Despite Friday's arraignment of a veteran crane inspector on bribery charges, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says corruption is not widespread in the city's Department of Buildings.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think it is very prevalent. I do think that any case of it however is very serious and ...

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City Experiences Record-Breaking Temperatures

Monday, June 09, 2008

Some records are better left unbroken - like the record high temperature for this date in New York City - 97 degrees, set in 1933.

But the National Weather Service is predicting that the city could break that record today, with an expected high of 100, ...

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Giants' Michael Strahan Retiring

Monday, June 09, 2008

The Giants' defensive end, Michael Strahan, is retiring, after fifteen years in the NFL.

The 36-year-old Strahan informed the front office this morning without telling his coaches and teammates.

Coach Tom Coughlin, reached by reporters after a team workout, said he was just finding out about it.

Strahan ...

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New Office to Help Clean Up City's Brownfields

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city is hoping to speed up the cleanup of brownfields, through the creation of an Office of Environmental Remediation.

REPORTER: The agency is designed to help developers and communities go through the remediation of sites that were contaminated from industrial use. Jeff Kay heads the ...

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The United Styles of Barbeque

Monday, June 09, 2008

The sixth annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party drew crowds of hungry New Yorkers to Madison Square Park this weekend, where they filled their bellies while listening to bands from around the country, like Boston's Eli "Paperboy" Reed and the True Loves.

The barbecue came from ...

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Continued Focus on N.J. State Budget

Monday, June 09, 2008

With state budget negotiations continuing, New Jersey senators will consider proposals today that would keep casinos open during budget disputes and ask voters to restrict state borrowing.

Majority Democrats say the proposed constitutional amendment to require voter approval for state borrowing is "good public policy." But ...

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Gas Prices Are High, But Pain Around NY-NJ Is LessThan Nation's

Monday, June 09, 2008

Gas prices continue to rise. The average price of a gallon of gas in New York City is $4.31. Statewide, AAA reports the average price is $4.22.

Across the Hudson in New Jersey, the average is a measley $3.94.

The prices are about 30 to 40 cents ...

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Comptroller Criticized Homeless Services

Monday, June 09, 2008

The city comptroller says the Department of Homeless Services has yet to phase out its off-the-books payment system for housing homeless families, even though it promised to do so several years ago.

In 2003, Comptroller William Thompson found the department was paying for hotel rooms and ...

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City Heat Wave Enters Third Day

Monday, June 09, 2008

For the third day, the metropolitan area has been gripped by high heat and humidity, and New Yorkers are looking for ways to stay cool. Con Ed is reporting scattered power outages; some schools released their pupils early, because of stifling classrooms.

REPORTER: Mayor Michael Bloomberg ...

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"Dream Ticket" Debate Continues After Clinton Drops Out

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Now that Hillary Clinton has ended her presidential run, pundits continue to debate whether Barack Obama will tap New York Senator to be his running mate.

REPORTER: American University professor Allan Lichtman says, whatever happens, yesterday's speech was a good move for Clinton:

LICHTMAN: I think the ...

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NYPD Making Progress in Memorial Day Shootings

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Police say they've made significant progress investigating the spate of gun violence over the Memorial Day weekend, in neighborhoods that have gotten used to record low crime. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: There have been four arrests in the 11 homicides and police say ...

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Williamsburg's Hasidic Jews Take the Field

Sunday, June 08, 2008

On sunny summer weekends, dozens of folks gather in Brooklyn's McCarren Park to play a little ball. They're part of the Greenpoint Neighborhood Softball League. Some have been coming since 1971, dressed in sweatpants and jerseys representing their team. But in recent years, some players ...

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Art from Wartime Baghdad

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Over the course of his four years serving in Iraq, military officer Christopher J. Brownfield worked on the sidelines to develop relations with the artists of Baghdad. During the Surge, it was too dangerous for him to see their art shows around the city. Instead, ...

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Spitzer May Have Lied About Role in Bruno Probe, DA Says

Friday, June 06, 2008

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he will release the secret testimony of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his top aides, in the dirty tricks probe against rival and Senate leader Joe Bruno that consumed much of Spitzer's abbreviated term.

Soares found no criminal wrongdoing, ...

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AG's Deal to Put the Brakes on the Sub-Prime Mortgage Mess

Friday, June 06, 2008

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo struck a deal with the top three credit rating agencies as part of his investigation into the ongoing sub-prime loan crisis.

It's designed to keep investment banks from shopping around for positive ratings for their investment vehicles by requiring ...

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Catching Rainwater Before It Turns to Flood

Friday, June 06, 2008

The city is giving away 250 empty barrels to homeowners in Queens so they can catch rainwater and hopefully avoid sewage overflows. The Department of Environmental Protection's Julie Stein says the homeowners snapped up the rain barrels.

STEIN: They're excited because southeast Queens is an area ...

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City's Top Crane Inspector Arrested on Bribery Charges

Friday, June 06, 2008

A high-ranking crane inspector was arrested for allegedly receiving bribes from a crane company.

The Department of Investigation says that James DeLayo, the assistant chief crane inspector at the city's Department of Buildings collected thousands of dollars worth of bribes for falsely certifying that cranes from ...

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Con Ed Braced for Weekend Heat

Friday, June 06, 2008

Con Edison says it's ready for New Yorkers to crank up their air conditioners and fans during the expected heat wave this weekend. The utility says it's spent $1.7 billion upgrading electric cables and installing new transformers to meet summertime demand.

Con Ed estimates most customers ...

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Despite Belmont Buzz, OTB Is On Shaky Legs

Friday, June 06, 2008

HOST: More than a hundred thousand people are expected to attend the Belmont Stakes tomorrow as Big Brown tries for the first Triple Crown in three decades. Off Track Betting parlors will also be packed, but don’t be fooled by the crowds. As WNYC’s Ilya ...

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City Council: New Yorkers Gouged on Milk Prices

Friday, June 06, 2008

Milk money ain't what it used to be. A City Council report shows that on average New Yorkers are paying more for the daily staple than they should be, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says that's against the law.

The report showed 86 percent of ...

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